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Discussion of Library Science
Program and Careers Open to Public
MAILED: March 4, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Each semester the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a series of discussions titled "Making a Major Decision" to help undecided students select their majors and minors. This semester, a discussion about the Library Science program, scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Room 225 of Schneider Hall, may be of particular interest to non-traditional students or community members thinking about making a career change.
Participants in the Library Science discussion will learn that the program offers the opportunity to earn a School Library Media Specialist certification, a Public Library Level II license, and/or a Master's degree--MEPD (Masters of Education, Professional Development, with a Library Media concentration).
According to Dr. Gyneth Slygh, library science faculty member, job potential for people with this background is very good - many program participants find a job before they graduate.
"Although we are interested in attracting undergraduates to this field, many mid-career people in a variety of subject areas also find the library programs to offer a wonderful opportunity for a career change, or a way to move back into the job market after having been out for some time," said Slygh. "There are a good number of non-traditional students in the program. The library programs also are an excellent match for people with degrees in quite a wide variety of subject areas - you can be a science librarian, a music librarian, a history/archives librarian, etc., and those who have degrees in the humanities find that librarianship can provide them an opportunity to work in their field of interest - something that's not always easy to find."
The panel discussion will include information on course content, major and minor requirements, career opportunities and experiences, and the relationship between curricular offerings and occupational realities. Audience members also will have an opportunity to question students currently in the program and alumni working in area libraries, as well as a chance to get some one-on-one advising from Slygh.
For more information, contact Slygh at (715) 836-5831 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 4, 2002